The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has promoted a total of 1, 311 staff. This is made up 1, 291 staff within the rank and file and 20 others converted to officer cadre.
The Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs of NDLEA, Mr. Jonah Achema, in a statement on Friday, said the
promotion exercise followed the completion of the process set in motion by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd.) to address the lingering backlog of promotion in the Agency.
Achama said the conversion is also consistent with with the Federal Government Circular referenced HCSF/EPO/EIR/CND/100/98 of September 2016 which equates HND with degrees and as well as any other additional qualifications.
“According to the Chairman/Chief Executive, the exercise is expected to spur the benefitting staff to put in their best in the service of the Agency and the nation. He noted that the exercise is in phases and that by the time the Agency is through, it would have succeeded in normalizing the structural disjointedness of the workforce,” he stated.
He said the issues of promotion and other welfare matters have built up over the years and were only inherited by the present leadership of the Agency. Management has been meticulous in resolving them once and for all.
Achama alleged that those he described as disgruntled and coward individuals under the faceless “concerned officers association” have infiltrated the Press, casting aspersions on the genuine efforts of the management of the Agency.
According to him, the allegations need not be dignified because they are not from any credible source but the ghost concerned officers who do not have any particulars of NDLEA officers and men. They have continued to maintain the name of one Yusuf Ahmed Musa without any service number, who signs their petitions, a name that is non-existent.
He the Agency has not made any pretext about its underfunding and inadequate manpower and tireless efforts are being made to improve the situation.